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If you are commencing in Term 2 2020 under the Government's Higher Education Relief Package due to COVID-19, please refer to the advice in the Additional Information section below.

The Graduate Certificate in Optometry is designed to provide you with knowledge and clinical skills in vision science. This degree has been designed with a variety of teaching methods and intends to appeal to new and established practitioners who hold an undergraduate degree in optometry. On completion, you will have disciplinary knowledge as well as the skills to meet the demands of the profession. The degree doesn’t provide clinical training for registration to practise as an optometrist in Australia.



Study Level


Typical duration

0.7 Years

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Fully online

Intake Period

Term 2

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate - GradCert



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Program Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC as a standalone program.

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Entry Requirements


Additional Information

Domestic students commencing in Term 2 2020 under the Government's COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package can enrol in a maximum of 4 courses (24 units of credit) across Term 2 and Term 3 2020 at the discounted fee rates.

Further information about the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package is at

It is recommended that students enrol in the following courses available online:

Recommended courses:

Term 2: OPTM7611 Introduction to Myopia  + OPTM7104 Advanced Contact Lenses

Term 3: OPTM7612 Myopia Management + OPTM7302 Evidence Based Optometry

Other course options:

Term 2: OPTM7107 Ocular Therapy 1, OPTM7115 Visual Neuroscience, OPTM7208 Research Skills in Optometry, OPTM7218 Research Project, OPTM7511 Advanced Ocular Disease 1

Term 3: OPTM7107 Ocular Therapy 1, OPTM7003 Epidemiology of Blinding Eye Disease, OPTM7208 Research Skills in Optometry, OPTM7218 Research Project, OPTM7521 Advanced Ocular Disease 2

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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